Optogenetics captures neuronal transmission

EPFL scientists,Aurélie Pala and Carl Petersen, have observed and measured synaptic transmission in a live animal for the first time, using “Optogenetics” that combines genetics with the physics of light.

Using these approaches, the researchers looked at how the light-sensitive neurons connected to some of their neighbors: small, connector neurons called “interneurons”. In the brain, interneurons are usually inhibitory.

Neuron 1/15

Brain imaging may help predict future behavior

A review article highlights a number of recent studies showing that brain imaging can help predict an individual’s future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors, and response to drug or behavioral treatments.

The technology may offer opportunities to personalize educational and clinical practices.

Neuron 1/7/15 by John Gabriel et al


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